President Donald Trump on Wednesday told his own attorney general to un-recuse himself from getting involved in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election so that he could shut the entire probe down.
"This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further," the president wrote. "Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA!"
..This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, bef… https://t.co/dI69iTTQOS— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1533129843.0
Sessions recused himself in 2017 from being involved in the Russia investigation after it was revealed that he failed to disclose a meeting he had with former Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the 2016 presidential election. Sessions had initially told the Senate during sworn testimony that he didn't have any contacts with any Russian officials during the campaign.
Shortly after his tweet aimed at Sessions, Trump then insinuated that the federal government set him up by not warning him against hiring Paul Manafort, who is on trial this week for alleged money laundering and tax fraud charges, to be his campaign chairman.
"Paul Manafort worked for Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and many other highly prominent and respected political leaders," the president wrote. "He worked for me for a very short time. Why didn’t government tell me that he was under investigation. These old charges have nothing to do with Collusion - a Hoax!"
Paul Manafort worked for Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and many other highly prominent and respected political leaders. H… https://t.co/9om7OoFhfP— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1533130443.0
Trump has been ramping up his attacks on the Mueller probe in recent days, as he hinted on Sunday that Mueller might be biased against him because Mueller quit one of the president's golf clubs.
Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough on Wednesday speculated that Trump sounds increasingly panicked in his attacks on Mueller and the media because he knows "more really bad news is coming."